Here's a fun writing activity that a teacher across the hall from me did with her students.
|The mummy is covered with masking tape.|
|I found these albums at the Dollar Store.|
|I popped in a picture of each student for the cover.|
|I used a 4 X 6 index card to write the words.|
|Sometimes I put word and a sentence with the word.|
|Create your own free slideshow|
|Bag of stones from the Dollar Tree ( I bought 4 bags because I wanted lots of flat stones.)|
|Mod Podge & a foam brush|
|Stickers from the Dollar Tree|
|Pictures from catalog|
|Adhere sticker or picture to stone and paint over top with Mod Podge|
|I made 48 Story Stones. I included pictures for each of the story elements.|
Children have such great imaginations that I know they will have so much fun making up stories with these Story Stones!
|This is my classroom library. The tubs and books are sorted in a variety of ways: author, topic,|
series, or variety. The tubs are labeled with a number & title. The books in each tub are also numbered
on the back so they can be put back quickly.
|My shelves are made with cinder blocks on the bottom and white laminate shelves on top. I spaced the |
cinder blocks so that I could put tubs between them.
|I have lots of author tubs. I used white ice cube tubs from Walmart|
and labeled them. This is just one cart of them. I have several others on another shelf.
|I have lots of books displayed on picture frame easels around my classroom.|
|Library books are placed in this tub every week.|
|We have a nonfiction library shelf in my classroom. The kids helped to label the book boxes.|
The kids really LOVE these nonfiction books.
|All of our student made books are placed in this tub. I always see kids picking books from this tub for self-selected reading time.|
|I love "advertising" books in this way.|
|For every theme, season or holiday, I make a display of books to invite kids to read.|
|I have books at all of my centers. This is my science center. I have books in the |
black tub on the floor and our unit of study books in the white tub on the table.
|I invite kids to read what other students have written during Writers' Workshop by putting a |
SPOTLIGHT on their writing.
|I've invited staff members to come into our classroom and share their favorite books with us.|
We think reading is so important that we have a Book Share Wall in our classroom.
|This is our Author Study timeline. After we do an Author Study, their name and a picture of one on their books goes up on our wall. Kids love to talk about their favorite books and authors.|
Most of the reading materials I have in my classroom were purchased by me over many years. When I first started teaching in 1986, I walked into a classroom that was filled with desks and a set of basal readers. That's it! I started a classroom library that first year with just a few books of my own.
|My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz|
|Chinese New Year by David F. Marx|
|Lion Dancer by Kate Waters and Madeline Slovenz-Low|
Here's one of the You Tube videos we watched:
Here are the directions for making the lanterns:
12" x 18" red construction paper cut into two strips measuring 6" x 18" each
white index cards (3" x 5")
black construction paper handles 2" x 8"
Chinese symbols/words for students to copy
Make a small fold on one end of the paper. Fold the rest of the paper into fourths.
Next, have the students write Chinese symbols or words on each of 4 white 3" x 5" index cards. Glue one in each section.
Fold, stand up and glue along lip. Glue or staple on the handle.
I would love to hear what you do in your classroom to learn about Chinese New Year.